Two Vermilion Parish cities will have mayor's race on Saturday

On Saturday, residents in two cities are being asked to go to the polls to elect a new mayor.
The polls will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday and close at 8 p.m.
In Kaplan, Kirk Champagne, the incumbent, and Jerry Touchet, will be vying for the mayor’s seat.
Across Vermilion Parish in Erath, there is an interesting mayor’s race.
Mayor George Dupuis passed away not long ago and he still had at least a year left on his term.
A special election is having to be held in Erath for his seat.
Vying to be the new mayor in Erath are alderman Tony Richard and alderman John Earl LeBlanc.
The crazy thing about this election is that the winner will only get to serve as mayor of the town until January, because the regular scheduled election will be held in November.
The winner of the mayor’s race on Saturday will be sworn in after the results are certified by the secretary of state. He will serve as mayor until Dec. 31, 2014.
For Richard and LeBlanc, if they want to be mayor for the four-year term (2015-2019, they will have to run again in November.
Because LeBlanc and Richard are aldermen, there will be an empty alderman seat after the mayor’s election.
Erath voters will decide between Chris Hebert and Alvin Benoit, who are running for the empty alderman seat that will be created when either LeBlanc or Richard win.

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